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Personal Trainers: Scope of Practice

Phil Graham - Phil learney

As the personal training trade continues to grow so does the evolution of self proclaimed experts claiming to know it all.

Very rarely will you find a trainer say “I don’t know “, “let me get back to you” or “here’s the details of an expert you can talk to…”

Needles to say the majority of trainers learn through hear say, seminars, books, podcasts and articles. There’s nothing wrong with this, especially if the information is evidence based. However, this in no way entitles you to diagnose, treat or (attempt to) cure a particular health condition by making blanket statements of the top of your head. Trust me, none of your ‘self-learned’ knowledge will stand up in court when shit hits the fan.

You most certainly can make an assumption based on what you know. However, play it safe, get the feedback of a professional to confirm.

Having a strong network of professionals to refer out to can prove invaluable when it comes to the delivery of your service. It not only show the client you are professional and hold their health in high regard but also gives you the opportunity to network and learn from those who specialise in a particular field, especially when you receive feedback.

Over time you will become familiar with the effects, symptoms or complaints of a particular condition and thus be able to identify a solution/treatment strategy more quickly, meaning better client results and success as a trainer.

I do a lot of personal training internships every year and this is a topic I hammer home from the outset!

Here’s a short video clip of me discussing the topic, check it out: